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folios and quartos, Shakespearian 

The Oxford Companion to English Literature
Dinah BirchDinah Birch

Shakespeare's earliest published plays (like other early books) are referred to as folios or quartos according to the folding of the printed sheets and therefore the size of the book. Folios, being printed from sheets that have been folded once, are large and tall; quartos, printed from sheets folded twice, are smaller and squarer.... ...

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